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Gretchen Jacobson

Vice President, Medicare, The Commonwealth Fund

Gretchen Jacobson

Gretchen joined the Commonwealth Fund in 2020 as the vice president of the Medicare Program. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategy and program plans for advancing Medicare initiatives, understanding and maintaining a view of developments and policy initiatives within the Medicare program, as well as identifying and working with prospective grantees to improve project design on the development of new projects.  

Prior to joining the Fund, Gretchen was at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she served as Associate Director of the organization’s Program on Medicare Policy. Her research and knowledge have made Gretchen a nationally recognized expert in the field. Her work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs, as well as other peer-reviewed journals. She has provided expert testimony before Congress and has been quoted as an expert by national and local media outlets. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Jacobson was an analyst in health care financing at the Congressional Research Service, serving as an expert resource for Congress. She also previously held positions where she directed research on the market value of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health insurance.

Gretchen holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in health economics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a master’s degree in (S.M.) epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in economics from Tufts University.